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Right to Bare Arms: Upper-Body Workout

Sculpt a sexy upper body! These moves use your upper body to stoke your calorie burn so you can rock a little black dress all season long.

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Dead-Lift Row

What you'll need: a pair of 3- to 5-pound dumbbells
This workout is a circuit; perform the first set of each move, then complete the remaining moves before doing the second set.

Targets: Back, biceps, abs, butt, and hamstrings

  • Stand with feet wider than shoulder-width apart, knees slightly bent, holding a single dumbbell with both hands in front of hips, palms in.
  • Keeping back flat, hinge forward from hips to lower dumbbell toward floor.

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Weighted Jump Rope

Targets: Arms, abs, butt, and legs

  • Stand with feet hip-width apart, a dumbbell in each hand.
  • Bend elbows by ribs about 90 degrees so that forearms point out to sides, palms facing forward.
  • Jump up and down a few inches off floor, drawing small circles with dumbbells as if twirling a jump rope.
  • Do 2 sets of 16 jumps.

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Pass Under

Targets: Arms, butt, and legs

  • Stand with feet hip-width apart, a dumbbell in right hand, arms by sides.
  • Lunge forward with right leg, bending both knees 90 degrees, and pass dumbbell under right thigh from right hand to left hand.
  • Return to start, then quickly lunge forward with left leg, passing dumbbell under left thigh from left hand to right hand, to complete 1 rep.
  • Do 2 sets of 16 reps.

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Suitcase Swing

Targets: Shoulders, abs, butt, and legs

  • Stand with feet hip-width apart, arms by sides, holding a dumbbell in right hand.
  • Lower into a squat.

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Overhead Press Pulse

Targets: Shoulders and upper back

  • Stand with feet hip-width apart, holding a dumbbell in each hand, with elbows bent 90 degrees out at shoulder level, palms facing forward (like a goalpost).

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evaoneill777 wrote:

too many adds!!!!!!!!!

6/5/2013 08:49:49 PM Report Abuse
sharonwyatt5021 wrote:

I understand the need for ads too - but I really don't need to see the SAME ad on each slide. Most of the time it's just too aggravating for me to finish viewing the exercises.

6/5/2013 10:55:56 AM Report Abuse
deb.cleveland08 wrote:

Please bring back the print all slides for this workout!!!!!!!!!!!

4/8/2013 01:20:23 PM Report Abuse
joatc wrote:

Very poor technique is illustrated in dead lift picture. Lumbar spine is flexed, putting excess load on intervertebral disks. Some lordosis should be maintained during this exercise by performing an anterior pelvic tilt as you reach down towards the floor.

2/11/2013 03:06:33 PM Report Abuse
bbbceb1 wrote:

Love the workouts, but the constant stream of advertisements are way too overwhelming! I know you have to advertise; but when the ad lasts longer than the workout, that's a problem.

8/27/2012 03:33:52 PM Report Abuse
BettePatterson6872 wrote:

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7/21/2012 03:39:25 AM Report Abuse
ambalveena wrote:

To print all the slides with insturctions you must be logged in . The excersies are very effective.

3/25/2012 04:24:52 PM Report Abuse
waismanr wrote:

Please bring back the print all slides from this workout !!!

2/7/2012 03:26:04 AM Report Abuse
cnchawes wrote:

It appears most of you are all so critical. Do what's best for you. The model looks great. All types of people of different sizes work out. I like the exercise. T.U.

1/18/2012 02:46:20 PM Report Abuse
karenstefaniak wrote:

Is she using one or one and a half pound weights?

1/17/2012 09:42:47 AM Report Abuse
karenstefaniak wrote:

Is she using one or two pound weights?

1/17/2012 09:42:20 AM Report Abuse
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12/30/2011 03:22:42 PM Report Abuse
mikaelabolek wrote:

The deadlift form is not entirely correct here- her knees should have a slight bend and a nice flat back to prevent any back issues or knee troubles.

11/20/2011 10:14:04 AM Report Abuse
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9/17/2011 03:28:16 AM Report Abuse
tammy.shillcutt wrote:

These are all helpful, though I to am concerned about the dead lift in regards to lower back damage. What I am really wondering about is the exercises that target all aspects of the arm, such as the triceps. None of these target that area.

6/28/2011 11:34:36 AM Report Abuse
pluciano2 wrote:

Kymwright I agree with you on the deadlift. Old days we had straight legs and went to almost the floor. This has been proven to be very bad for the lower back. More knee bend is needed which will lengthen the hamstring, lower only to kneeline level keeping your back long and shoulders back and down. Lift using legs, this cannot be done when your legs are straight you will put too much stress on the lower back.

6/23/2011 01:23:36 PM Report Abuse
ambalveena wrote:

Hi This excercise is really good can this be downloaded on a dvd to play on the tv. I have it on my ipod touch alrdy but would to have it on a dvdso that i can play it on the tv and do the excersise. please advise...thanks

6/23/2011 11:41:47 AM Report Abuse
Kaploetz wrote:

I don't know if this was added in response to your comments, but if you click on the printer icon at the top of the article, it takes you to a printable page for that move. And on that new page there is an option to "print all slides". Also, if you watch the video the model does the dead lift correctly.

3/31/2011 04:52:42 PM Report Abuse
sribecco wrote:

@ kym, i agree with you! This does not look like a healthy deadlift!

3/14/2011 10:04:50 AM Report Abuse
SocialMediaLaura wrote:

yep!

3/11/2011 02:51:31 AM Report Abuse
cmlagrange wrote:

Press the print button like you normally would. WHen it takes you to the new page (that just has the one slide on it) you have an option at the top to "Print" or "Print All Slides". Press "Print All Slides" & all the slides appear just like they used to!

12/10/2010 10:37:02 AM Report Abuse
s2krier wrote:

I agree, the print all slides feature was awesome. Bring it back please! :)

11/30/2010 03:03:16 AM Report Abuse
sklepach wrote:

Agreed on the Print All Slides. I can't believe it's not already here - what a disappointment!

11/21/2010 01:04:31 PM Report Abuse
michellebreaul wrote:

Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BRING BACK PRINT ALL SLIDES!!!!!!!!

11/15/2010 07:40:31 PM Report Abuse
kspinali wrote:

I agree with both the previous post I would love a printed out copy to take to the gym and I also think that the demo is not the best both in form and speed of each exercise so fast it makes the form look terrible.

11/14/2010 10:21:46 PM Report Abuse
bethfuerst wrote:

PLEASE BRING BACK THE PRINT ALL SLIDES from this workout. It is so much easier for me to keep them right by me as I work out to read and view picture. I am able to make notes on printed out sheet for adjustments I need etc. Please bring this feature back.

11/12/2010 11:35:22 AM Report Abuse
kymwright wrote:

I am always disappointed that the models for the fitness exercises don't look like they have eaten enough to be "models of health" but this is the first time I feel like a skill is being demonstrated incorrectly. The picture for the dead lift is terrible. If people deadlift this way they will cause serious damage to their backs. While the instructions say that the knees should be bent, the model's knees are not bent nor is her back flat.

11/11/2010 11:52:34 AM Report Abuse

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